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Today in History: Monday, November  24, 2014
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On Nov. 24, 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.
 
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1784Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, was born in Orange County, Va.
1871The National Rifle Association was incorporated.
1947A group of writers, producers and directors that became known as the "Hollywood 10" was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.
1950The musical "Guys and Dolls" opened on Broadway.
1963Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
Audio LinkNBC reporter Tom Petit at the scene
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1969Apollo 12 returned to Earth after the second manned mission to the moon.
1971Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom. His fate remains unknown.
1987The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles in the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons.
1989Czechoslovakia's hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies.
1991Rock singer Freddie Mercury of Queen died at age 45 of pneumonia brought on by AIDS.
2010A jury in Austin convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, on charges he'd illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. (DeLay is appealing a three-year prison sentence.)
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") turns 36 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ron DellumsFormer U.S. Rep., D-Calif.79
Oscar RobertsonBsaketball Hall of Famer76
Pete BestRock musician73
Billy ConnollyActor, comedian72
Marlin FitzwaterFormer White House press secretary72
Stanley LivingstonActor ("My Three Sons")64
Stephen MerchantActor, writer40
Colin HanksActor37
Actress Sarah Hyland ("Modern Family") turns 24 years old today.
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